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Paint & Ink One-Act Festival

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You've got to wait for it, but there's a very cool little play among the four in this evening of one-acts inspired by visual artworks. It's Clint Sheffer's Heft, a black comedy about some Chicago cops whose night out turns Tarantino-esque. Though the ending is telegraphed early on, Sheffer's sly dialogue and merry shamelessness--plus some energetic acting under John Morrison's direction--make getting there fun. Isaac Holter's Jungle is also worth a look by virtue of its main character: a skittish, outcast high school student, nicely played by Anne Sonneville. The other two pieces have less to offer. Shawn Pfautsch's The Bird Inside consists of a sweet conceit poorly executed;

Aaron Carter's Woyzeck-meets-Golem fantasy, Raw Material, gets fogbound fast.

--Tony Adler a Through 10/21: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, EP Theater, 1820 S. Halsted, 312-850-4299, $15. ¥ In addition, as part of the Pilsen Art Festival, Jungle will play 1 PM Sat 9/29, The Bird Inside will play 2 PM Sat 9/29, Raw Material will play 1 PM Sun 9/30, and Heft will play 2 PM Sun 9/30.

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